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History, Metaphors, FablesA Hans Blumenberg Reader$
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Hans Blumenberg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501732829

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.001.0001

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Beyond the Edge of Reality

Beyond the Edge of Reality

Three Short Essays (1983)

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History, Metaphors, Fables

Hans Blumenberg

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights Hans Blumenberg's “Beyond the Edge of Reality: Three Short Essays” (1983). The first essay is “Gestures of a Loss of Reality,” which explains that philosophers have readers and listeners. They are not seen by their readers, who are, what is more, confronted with final products, from which all is deleted that might be taken as an involuntary trace of subjectivity. Although listeners perceive what is strange and curious about the speaker in front of them, they are subject to the expectation that what is important for them will be something audible. To others, only in memory does the association of this or that gesture to what was said appear meaningful: perhaps a gesture that gave the secret desire to communicate something yet unspoken — the last will, maybe, to express it — its almost unnoticeable place. Memory supplants what Nietzsche claimed to be able to do even as a reader: that he “cannot read a single word without seeing gestures.” Meanwhile, the second essay is “Contemplating a Sentence by Nietzsche” and the third is “The Dreamed.”

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, reality, gestures, philosophers, subjectivity, memory, Friedrich Nietzsche

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